The Italian Daughter (The Lost Daughters Book 1)
by Soraya Lane
Narrated by Zoe Mills
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Pub Date 23 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 23 Sep 2022
“Estee, I bought this ring the day after I saw you on stage, all those years ago. You’re the only woman I’ve ever loved.” Estee wanted to see it so badly, but instead she reached for Felix’s hand and gently closed it over the box. “No,” she whispered. “I want you to propose only when you’re truly free.”
Italy, 1946: As Estee bids farewell to Felix her heart breaks. Thinking back to her childhood when the two friends ran through the cobbled streets of their picturesque town hand in hand, she thought they would never part. But when Estee was offered a place at the world renowned La Scala theatre, she had to say yes. It would change her family’s fortunes forever.
Soon after, Felix began working for his family bakery, famed across Italy for its deliciously sweet pastries. The two lovers were never far from each other’s minds but when Felix’s parents demanded that he marry well to unite two prominent families, Estee felt sure that she had lost him.
Now, Felix has asked her to make the bravest decision of her life and run away with him. But with so much at stake, can she really follow her heart?
London, present day: Lily clutches a worn Italian recipe and theatre programme in her hands, having just discovered that her grandmother was born in a home for unmarried mothers. The faded objects are the only clues to her past.
Accepting a job on an Italian vineyard –a dream of her late father–, Lily enlists the help of the charming Antonio to help solve the mystery. But arriving in Felix’s town, Lily unearths a tragic love story: of families bitterly torn apart and of two lovers who were prepared to sacrifice everything to be together.
When Lily finds out the truth about her family and who she really is, will Felix and Estee’s story give her the strength to also follow her heart?
A Note From the Publisher
*** THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCE REVIEW COPY ***
An utterly enchanting and heartbreaking novel about lost loves, family secrets and enduring hope. Perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley, Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop.
What everyone is saying about The Italian Daughter:
“Outstanding, I wanted to stay awake to read more and kept finding 5 minutes here and there to pick up the book!… Amazingly written… you felt like you were in Italy and it made you want a glass of cool crisp wine.” NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Amazing… I cried buckets, I laughed, and totally loved it.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A captivating story that I was drawn into from the first page. A trip to Italy without having to leave my home,” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This book grabbed me from page one!” @annette_reads_daily, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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